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September 16, 2010
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How would i do this and is it possible? I need this because we do not have enough monitors and we dont want to just go out and buy one….so is there anyway other than remote access or something like that…..because  i will need to do stuff not just remote control the other computer.Cool

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September 16, 2010
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Is the screen you want to share a laptop screen?

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September 16, 2010
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I use a kvm switch. Low end models are pretty inexpensive.

September 16, 2010
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Locutus said:

Is the screen you want to share a laptop screen?


no…..i have 2 pcs and i need to use one of them for stuff like internet surfing and typing etc. (windows 7) and i have another which surprisingly is an OLD windows 98 which i also need for some files. so what i have been doing is changing monitors and keyboards and everthing each time i need to use a different computer……which sucks alot because of all the time switching between monitors…..theres got to be an easier way!Surprised
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September 16, 2010
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Gioneo said:

I use a kvm switch. Low end models are pretty inexpensive.


yeah…saw some for 10 bucks (pretty cheap?) but i was wondering if there was another way before i have to buy one of those…..
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September 16, 2010
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Besides remote desktop, nothing else I can think of. Confused

September 18, 2010
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kvm switch is the only and easiest way to solve this.

Just a note: There are many types of KVM switches and also automatic and manual. In some cases, the manual switch is the most compatible and trouble free.

September 18, 2010
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Agreed. KVM switches work well. Try to find one that manually switches video only. You can get ones that also switch USB ports (good if you have a USB printer) but that is more expensive than you need.

September 18, 2010
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How about mouse and keyboards? do the KVM switches share those too?

 

and also can someone give me an example of a KVM switch…..cause all the ones im finding is share one computer with two monitors….not share two computers with one monitor……

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September 18, 2010
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=198269&Sku=A225-1212

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3749674&Sku=A225-1286

 

A bit pricey but you can browse stores for cheaper brands. Choose the corrent port type that you'll need (USB or PS/2) .

September 18, 2010
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Yes, most do keyboard and mice as well as video.

September 18, 2010
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182157

-shares 1 monitor, 1 mouse (USB) and 1 keyboard (USB) between 2 computers

September 19, 2010
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Thanks…..i think i was looking at the wrong stuff…….but which do you think is better….. i found this one but it kind of looks “cheap”:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0335168

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September 20, 2010
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karen
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That looks just fine.

July 12, 2013
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Try using on premise remote support appliances from RHUB http://www.rhubcom.com.  It allows you to share one monitor with multiple computers.

July 16, 2013
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Have you thought of making a Virtual Machine out of your old one, then that could be retired and you could view everything on the same machine (use either Hyper-V if your main machine is Windows 8 Pro, or VirtualBox/VMWare if otherwise)

You can then access everything from the same machine – which will save on electricity and frustrationCool

 

edit: Holy thread revival Batman! I’ll check the date of first posting next timeSurprised

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